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  • 31 July 2009
  • Posted By Ali Delforoush
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Former Member of Parliament and Paralympics gold medalist arrested

According to Kodoom, Ali Asghar Hadizadeh, prolific Iranian Paralympics two time gold medalist and a Member of the sixth Iranian Parliament was arrested during the silent demonstrations of Tir 24th (July 15) in Tehran’s Engelab Sq.

Ali Asghar Hadizadeh who is also the head of the Iranian blind team, became a paraplegic during the Iran Iraq war in which he became a decorated veteran. After his release from prison he resigned from his post. His arrest is the latest in the government’s attempts in silencing athletes, entertainers and artists.

  • 31 July 2009
  • Posted By Ali Delforoush
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Demonstrations from last night


This is a footage that was taken from demonstration last night in Tehran. The person taking this footage is stating “in every corner and every intersection there are people setting fires and they [basij] are running amongst them, who are even more confused.”

You can also hear the popular chant from the demonstrators against Mojtabah Khamenei, calling for his death before he could take the office of the Supreme Leader.

  • 30 July 2009
  • Posted By Ali Delforoush
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

July 30 Demonstrations-Vanak Sq.


This is a video that was recorded today at Vanak Sq.  The chant is “Esteqlal, Azadi, Jomhurie Irani’. Translated the chant is a request for “Independence, freedom, and Iranian republic. This chant is different from the popular chant during Ayatollah Khomeini’s era in which people demanded “Independence, freedom and Islamic republic.”

[This post has been updated to correct the translation.  Thanks to all the commenters who caught this slip-up!]

  • 28 July 2009
  • Posted By Ali Delforoush
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Newspaper ‘Sedaye Edalat’ has been shut down

According to Etemadmeli (Karroubi’s official newspaper), decade old and prominent newspaper ‘Sedaye Edalat’ (Voice of Justice) has been shut down and its permit has been permanently revoked.

The reason for the closure of ‘Sedaye Edalat’ has been attributed to “criticizing the Iranian government and Ayatollah Khomeini”. However, according to Etemadmeli, in the July 26th publication of ‘Sedaye Edalat’ the editor of the newspaper indicated that Ayatollah Khomeini implemented Article 27 of the Constitution for a reason and the current government has failed to respect and uphold the principles set out by the Ayatollah.

Article 27 of the Iranian constitution indicates: “Unarmed assemblies and marches may be freely organized, provided that no violation of the foundations of Islam is involved.” This is further evidence of the regime’s clamp down on the press and freedom of speech in Iran as a number editors and journalists have also been arrested.

  • 28 July 2009
  • Posted By Ali Delforoush
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Another detainee dies in Evin Prison

According to BBC Persian, Amir Javadi Far has died in Evin Prison after being arrested on the 18th of Tir (July 9th). Javadi Far, who was getting his industrial administrative degree from the University of Qazvin, suffered a broken arm and nose during the 18th of Tir demonstrations. He was immediately placed under arrest and transferred to Evin after treatment for his wounds at the hospital.

His parents were informed of the death of their son on Sunday and went to the prison in order to collect the body of their son. A funeral was held on Monday. The cause of death are unknown.

The demonstrations held on the 18th of Tir were to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the student demonstrations of 1999. There has been an over whelming sense of concern for the treatment of political prisoners.  A number of prominent members of the Iranian Parliament have recently voiced their concerns about the treatment of prisoners. Mohammad Reza Bahonar, first deputy speaker of the Iranian Parliament, has said, “I am worried about the fate of the prisoners. All arrests and prison deaths must be investigated.”

  • 27 July 2009
  • Posted By Ali Delforoush
  • Events in Iran, Human Rights in Iran, Iran Election 2009

150 Prominent Iranian Companies Are On The Verge Of Bankruptcy

According to Etemadmeli (Karroubi’s newspaper) 150 of Iran’s largest companies are facing bankruptcy due to severe inflation and massive unemployment:

“Prominent businesses such as ‘Iran khodro’, ‘Pars Elektronic’, ‘Iran Poya’ and many others within the private and public sector are facing financial hardship as a result of feeble domestic markets, staggering inflation, foreign sanctions, and unstable banks. However all these are small shots compared to the massive shot in the head which is attributed to the deficient economic policies of this government.”

“The governmental financial and economic institutions have indicated that the recent global economic crisis will not have an impact on Iran, however within 4 months of the global economic crisis, 350 thousand people lost their jobs. If this government continues the isolationist policies of the past 4 years, this number is sure to grow greater and bankruptcy and unemployment will become a daily event.”

New Sanctions a “Sword of Damocles” over Iran

Washington DC – “I view the [Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act] as a sword of Damocles over the Iranians,” said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman. “This is a clear hint of what will happen if they do not engage seriously and move rapidly to suspend their uranium enrichment program.”

Berman said there is “no doubt” the American people stand with the Iranian people, but he said the U.S. will rally international support for imposing “crippling sanctions” if President Obama’s diplomatic strategy has not shown signs of success by the fall.

  • 24 July 2009
  • Posted By Ali Delforoush
  • Events in Iran

Tehran-Mashhad Aircraft Disaster Leaves 17 Dead and 19 Wounded


According to BBC Persian a commercial aircraft traveling from Tehran to Mashhad crashed upon landing. The commercial aircraft which belonged to ‘Arya Tours Airline’ is estimated to have caused 17 deaths while 19 individuals are reported to have been injured.

According to witnesses on the aircraft, upon landing at the Mashhad International Airport, the wheels of the aircraft malfunctioned and did not lower; as a result the aircraft collided into one of the walls of the airport before skidding into the surrounding agricultural area.

This incident comes just nine days after another commercial airliner crash that left 168 people dead.

Global Vigil Planned for July 30th

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According to Mousavi’s facebook page, a global vigil is scheduled on Thursday July 30th (8th of Mordad). This vigil is to commemorate and mourn the 40th day of the passing of many demonstrators. The newsletter requests all those attending the vigil bring candles, copies of the Koran and pictures of those who have passed away and/or are poisoned.

The ceremonies are to take place after dusk and are to be located around major city centers, parks, city squares and even on rooftops.

“The light of hope is still alive, even though blood has been shed to keep the operation in charge, but now our chant is ‘don’t be afraid…we are all united’ and on the 40th day of the passing of our martyrs we will light candles in the heart of the night to ensure that freedom will still remain green.”

Sign the Petition


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Tell Google: Stop playing Persian Gulf name games!

May 14, 2012
Larry Page
Chief Executive Officer
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, California 94043

Dear Mr. Page:

It has come to our attention that Google has begun omitting the title of the Persian Gulf from its Google Maps application. This is a disconcerting development given the undisputed historic and geographic precedent of the name Persian Gulf, and the more recent history of opening up the name to political, ethnic, and territorial disputes. However unintentionally, in adopting this practice, Google is participating in a dangerous effort to foment tensions and ethnic divisions in the Middle East by politicizing the region’s geographic nomenclature. Members of the Iranian-American community are overwhelmingly opposed to such efforts, particularly at a time when regional tensions already have been pushed to the brink and threaten to spill over into conflict. As the largest grassroots organization in the Iranian-American community, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) calls on Google to not allow its products to become propaganda tools and to immediately reinstate the historically accurate, apolitical title of “Persian Gulf” in all of its informational products, including Google Maps.

Historically, the name “Persian Gulf” is undisputed. The Greek geographer and astronomer Ptolemy referencing in his writings the “Aquarius Persico.” The Romans referred to the "Mare Persicum." The Arabs historically call the body of water, "Bahr al-Farsia." The legal precedent of this nomenclature is also indisputable, with both the United Nations and the United States Board of Geographic Names confirming the sole legitimacy of the term “Persian Gulf.” Agreement on this matter has also been codified by the signatures of all six bordering Arab countries on United Nations directives declaring this body of water to be the Persian Gulf.

But in the past century, and particularly at times of escalating tensions, there have been efforts to exploit the name of the Persian Gulf as a political tool to foment ethnic division. From colonial interests to Arab interests to Iranian interests, the opening of debate regarding the name of the Persian Gulf has been a recent phenomenon that has been exploited for political gain by all sides. Google should not enable these politicized efforts.

In the 1930s, British adviser to Bahrain Sir Charles Belgrave proposed to rename the Persian Gulf, “Arabian Gulf,” a proposal that was rejected by the British Colonial and Foreign offices. Two decades later, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company resurrected the term during its dispute with Mohammad Mossadegh, the Iranian Prime Minister whose battle with British oil interests would end in a U.S.-sponsored coup d'état that continues to haunt U.S.-Iran relations. In the 1960s, the title “Arabian Gulf” became central to propaganda efforts during the Pan-Arabism era aimed at exploiting ethnic divisions in the region to unite Arabs against non-Arabs, namely Iranians and Israelis. The term was later employed by Saddam Hussein to justify his aims at territorial expansion. Osama Bin Laden even adopted the phrase in an attempt to rally Arab populations by emphasizing ethnic rivalries in the Middle East.

We have serious concerns that Google is now playing into these efforts of geographic politicization. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Google has stirred controversy on this topic. In 2008, Google Earth began including the term “Arabian Gulf” in addition to Persian Gulf as the name for the body of water. NIAC and others called on you then to stop using this ethnically divisive propaganda term, but to no avail. Instead of following the example of organizations like the National Geographic Society, which in 2004 used term “Arabian Gulf” in its maps but recognized the error and corrected it, Google has apparently decided to allow its informational products to become politicized.

Google should rectify this situation and immediately include the proper name for the Persian Gulf in Google Maps and all of its informational products. The exclusion of the title of the Persian Gulf diminishes your applications as informational tools, and raises questions about the integrity and accuracy of information provided by Google.

We strongly urge you to stay true to Google’s mission – “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” – without distorting or politicizing that information. We look forward to an explanation from you regarding the recent removal of the Persian Gulf name from Google Maps and call on you to immediately correct this mistake.



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